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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Chip Taylor/Carrie Rodriguez – Ruhr

 

This live set features an especially outstanding back-up band. Festival curator and virtuoso jazz guitarist Bill Frisell joins Greg Leisz on steel guitar and mandolin, David Piltch on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums to form the core band. Cameo appearances by Katie Jackson and Denise Brown on background vocals and Buddy Miller on electric […]

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Lucky Tomblin – Red Hot From Blue Rock

 

Another surefire batch of songs with great pickin’ by the amazing Redd Volkaert and John Reed, many of these songs fit into the honky-tonk heaven category. Mel Tillis’ “Honky Tonk Song” is prototypical. Same goes for “Howlin’ At the Moon,” “Good Lookin’ No Good,” and “A Fool Such As I.” Country swing is represented with […]

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Steve Khan – Borrowed Time

 

Steve Khan once again proves he’s among the top guitarists of his generation. Khan has always been a fine composer and writer, but here he penned just two cuts – the other seven are by the likes of McCoy Tyner, Thelonius Monk, and Ornette Coleman, as well as a couple of standards, one written by […]

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Wilco – Sky Blue Sky

 

The most guitar-heavy album yet from Wilco has Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone weaving parts like insane musical tailors. A perfect example is “Impossible Germany,” which starts with lovely guitar that (after a Tweedy vocal) morphs into a guitar symphony. It’s not what you expect, even as their approach and style have changed […]

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Scott Biram – Graveyard Shift

 

Scott Biram is one of those musicians – like Lightnin’ Hopkins with a bent toward heavy metal, or Red Simpson meets Tom Waits. Or maybe Johnny Rotten meets Conway Twitty. Get it? Well, anyway… Most of these tracks feature Biram, his guitar, the occasional harp, and distortion so thick on the vocals it sounds like […]

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Pink Floyd – Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review

 

Pink Floyd on DVD Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review analyzes this pivotal Pink Floyd record from 1971. Released two years before the mega-success of Dark Side of the Moon, Meddle was in many respects where the modern Floyd era began. It also featured the band’s first real epic, the 23-minute “Echoes.” Along with commentary […]

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Randy Kohrs – Old Photograph

 

Randy Kohrs’ life story reads like a Nashville fairy tale. He came to town in 1994 and played dobro behind Hank Williams III, Tom T. Hall, Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton, and others. Old Photograph, his second album, proves Kohrs is a musical force to be reckoned with. Kohrs wrote or co-wrote nine of the 12 […]

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Jake Shimabukuro – Hula Girls

Hula Girls
 

Just as he did with his incredible solo version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on his 2006 CD, Gently Weeps, this 31-year-old ukulele maestro reinvents his instrument just as he reinvents the familiar songs he plays on it. His six-song EP, My Life, takes its title from another Beatles song (Lennon’s “In My Life”), […]

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Grant Green – His Majesty King Funk

 

It’s been awhile since we saw and heard any vinyl, but these welcome guitar releases come courtesy of the fine folks at Sundazed. The sound, as you’d expect is wonderful. Everything’s big and full with that warmness that comes from a record. And, the choice of music is a perfect set for guitarists. Green’s His […]

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Bob Seger – Face The Promise

 

Anyone who saw Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s Letterman appearance several weeks ago can attest that he’s lost none of his power or edge during his decade-long hiatus. But, as his searing “Wreck This Heart” (not to mention Paul Shaffer & Co.’s solid string of Seger classics going into every commercial break) evinced, […]

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